Total loan: $7,500


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Boulder, CO, United States / Health

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A loan helped seniors & physically challenged be strong & pain-free, by expanding location & exercise equipment.

Ross's story

I grew up in small town Indiana where I learned to work hard, help your neighbors, and do what you say you’re going to do. I was always the nerdy kid picked last. I chose theater over sports. Then in college I blew up my knee and was afraid I’d be in pain forever. After graduating college with a degree in history, film studies, & philosophy, I started working in fitness as a personal trainer. I studied exercise and human movement, and I realized that the exercise most of the fitness industry teaches doesn’t work for people with injuries or accidents, or are a little older. But I’ve learned that applying a modern, neuroscientific understanding to classical (pre-1940) exercise allows these people to re-train their bodies to get out of pain and be strong, confident, and athletic. Most of my clients have suffered accidents, injuries, and medical conditions, and weren't able to find help in conventional exercise and therapy settings. Many just assumed that they'd be physically limited and in pain for the rest of their lives. Watching them start to trust their bodies again, and hearing them describe the *hope* that they feel -- often for the first time in many years -- continues to be one of the biggest things that motivates me in my business.